A few nights later, he passed the same spot again and stopped for a drink. Look at his reflection in the water.
Lions often like to mark in spots where other species mark. In this case, a lion scraped under a tree where bears frequently mark. This "leaning tree" may look familiar to those of you who follow along with this blog. Tiny and other bears mark it regularly.
Here's a short video from the drinks and travels of our late May mountain lions. Check out his tongue in the "cover still" for the video.